When the Drum is Beating

IMZ World Music Film Screenings

STM Productions, LLC

Genre Documentary | Production Company STM Productions, LLC (USA) | Producer Jane Regan, Daniel Morel | Executive Producer Marco Williams | Associated Producer Jennifer Latham | TV Director Whitney Dow | Editor Nancy Kennedy, Nancy Rosenzvit | Source video/audio HD/Stereo | Recorded Haiti, 2011 | Duration 88'

The 20-member band Septentrional has been making music for 62 years as Haiti's most celebrated big band. This inspirational documentary charts the history of Haiti from its triumphant independence from French colonialism to 2010's devastating earthquake — all set to the vibrant music of Haitian-Caribbean jazz fusion band Septentrional and punctuated with its members' personal memories. Featuring a wealth of live rehearsal and performance footage, When the Drum Is Beating is a poignant and high-energy story of resilience.